Wales is probably one of the most astoundingly beautiful places on the planet. Picture colossal azure lakes, viridescent, sprawling mountains and hills, gorgeous coastline and medieval architecture all wrapped into one. Many of its true gems are quite hidden, and because of this, an insider’s look is crucial if you are to see the real Wales. There’s an abundance of incredible places to visit. We have stunning self-catering holiday cottages in South Wales of which we’ll get to a little later. You’re accurate in thinking though, that in this exquisite country, you are truly spoiled for choice. So, we took the liberty of putting together 10 amazing places to visit in Wales.
This is the highest peak in South Wales. It stands at a monstrous 886 metres high and offers a stunning panoramic view of the gorgeous Brecon Beacons and the billowing Welsh hills. Also, the highest British peak south of Cadair Idris, standing atop this mountain will give you a seemingly unreal view of this sacred land.
One of Wales’s most scenic coastal routes, Three Cliffs is in Wales’ Gower Peninsula. From its cliff faces, you can see as far as Penmaen Burrows. Equally important, on the beach below, there is a remarkable sea cave that tunnels beneath the cliff face.
This place offers views as far as Ireland. It’s a massive national park with mammoth mountains and extraordinary lakes. It’s located in the northwest and is most famous for its legendary Snowdon Mountain. Edmund Hillary trained here before famously ascending Everest. It’s one of those places that quite literally swallows you whole.
A somewhat concealed gorge that runs adjacent to the river Conwy, this awe-inspiring are is described perfectly by its name. If fairies were ever real, this would be their capital. In a world of stupendous beauty, this has got to be up there with her most magical of treasures.
South Wales’ valleys are known for their spectacular waterfalls, and it’s safe to say that Pont Neath Vaughan certainly has one of the most gorgeous displays of waterfalls’ this land has to offer. It almost feels like you could just disappear here, lost forever in your own little fairy-tale.
Have you ever seen a puffin? We’ve all read books as children that were published by Puffin (the children’s imprint of Penguin books), but if you want to see what these awesome little birds are like in real life, this is the place to go.
This is the place that is most famous for “The Lady of the Lake”, one of Wales’ oldest folk legends. A truly enchanting place, much like the rest of Wales’. As a matter of fact, it’s a must-see destination that lies within the Brecon Beacons National Park.
Much like every other National Botanical Garden, this one is a visitor attraction, as well as a centre for botanical research and conservation. What makes this one particularly unique is that it is home to the world’s largest glass house.
The stunning lagoon is a former slate quarry that was active up until 1910. After being abandoned it is now perfect for water sports and picnicking. The water gets it colour from the cliffs that surround it.
Keeping up with the common trend of Wales’ this castle doesn’t disappoint. Like something out of a fairy-tale, it truly resembles the Disney castle. This 19th century Gothic Revival structure is great for an outing with the kids and you can grab a delicious traditional meal in the village of Tongwynlais afterwards.
Enjoy all the variety of landscapes that Wales has to offer from this very high quality and spacious stone barn conversion. In a rural location yet very central to the South and providing easy access to the coast, country, and town. In addition, Swansea with all city amenities and a long sandy beach is just 7 miles away and the Brecon Beacons are just a 1/2 hour drive the other way. Definitely one of our favourite self-catering holiday cottages in South Wales!
Ariel is a holiday cottage available at the lighthouse which is on the Glamorgan Heritage Coast. There are wonderful safe beaches, many of which have the coveted blue flag status. There you’ll find Ogmore-by-Sea, (4 miles away), the wonderful Barry Island, as well as Southerndown and Porthcawl, great areas for awesome windsurfing!
Another one of our favourite self-catering holiday cottages in South Wales, this beautiful accommodation caters for people visiting the Principality Stadium and the rest of the Welsh capital. The city is home to numerous cultural and historic attractions, entertainment and sporting venues, good bars and restaurants, water sports, fishing opportunities and walking and cycling trails.
In a peaceful Wye Valley hamlet near Chepstow, this hidden retreat enjoys far-reaching views towards the Black Mountains. Newly renovated, the cottage is supremely comfortable and perfect for exploring the lovely countryside. Furthermore, in the rural area of Penterry, a tranquil Wye Valley settlement called Orchard Cottage, steeped in rich history, is just 10 minutes drive from the M4.
Visiting Wales will truly enrich your life, and your stay at our self-catering holiday cottages in South Wales will truly make the experience more memorable. So be sure to view all our listings before planning your trip!